Celiac’s Disease is a hereditary disorder in which the body cannot digest gliadin which is a protein found in wheat. Briefly, wheat contains many proteins, one of those proteins is gluten. Gluten can be divided into gliadin and glutenin. Someone with Celiac’s has a reaction to gliadin. But, since gliadin is an integral part of gluten, it’s important that people with Celiac’s avoid all gluten. Whew! Did you catch all that? It’s also good to note that people who are sensitive to wheat don’t necessarily have Celiac’s Disease.
The lining of the small intestine looks like microscopic shag carpeting. The little “shag” are villi that aid in absorption. For people with Celiac’s the shag carpeting looks instead like industrial carpet, a smooth surface with no villi left.
Symptoms of Celiac’s Disease are usually digestive including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating. Some people also experience a rash called dermatitis herpetiformis, itchy bumps usually on the elbows, knees, back, and buttocks.
Naturopathic treatment of Celiac’s Disease mainly involve making sure to avoid ALL gluten. Gluten is found in 90% of processed foods and in cosmetics, lipstick, toothpaste, playdough and glue, including glue on stamps and envelopes. Helping to heal the intestinal lining is also important in treating Celiac’s, this usually includes using specific amino acids, anti-inflammatories, and supplementing with a high quality probiotic.
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